The Deaf and the Blind

Gospel Lectionary Reading: Luke 18:31-43

Taking the twelve disciples aside, Jesus said, “Listen, we’re going up to Jerusalem, where all the predictions of the prophets concerning the Son of Man will come true. He will be handed over to the Romans, and he will be mocked, treated shamefully, and spit upon. They will flog him with a whip and kill him, but on the third day he will rise again.”

But they didn’t understand any of this. The significance of his words was hidden from them, and they failed to grasp what he was talking about.

As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind beggar was sitting beside the road. When he heard the noise of a crowd going past, he asked what was happening. They told him that Jesus the Nazarene was going by. So he began shouting, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

“Be quiet!” the people in front yelled at him.

But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

When Jesus heard him, he stopped and ordered that the man be brought to him. As the man came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?”

“Lord,” he said, “I want to see!”

And Jesus said, “All right, receive your sight! Your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus, praising God. And all who saw it praised God, too.

Have you ever been hiking along
On this journey with Jesus
And suddenly
Jesus stops midstep and leans in
He whispers a word to you

You know it’s meaningful
Maybe it’s meant to prepare your heart
For the journey ahead
But you don’t have the ears to hear it
Was something lost in translation?
Maybe it’s all Greek (or Hebrew or Aramaic) to you
Sometimes you just ain’t ready

Nevertheless, you follow your Rabbi
Puzzled and perplexed but pressing on
Maybe you’ll figure it out farther along
Maybe you’ll feel the heart-burn later

Then, there are days when you are desperate
Hungry to hear from Jesus
Pleading for palpable presence
In the pitch-black and the blankets of fog
In the uncharted waters and the unmarked trails

And he always comes near
Because he is already so near

“What do you want me to do for you?”
“Lord, I want to see.”
And he open your eyes to a world unseen


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